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Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Property Law

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 7
Module lead
Hedvig Schmidt
Academic year

Module overview

Building on the knowledge the students have gained from LAWS6158 Intellectual Property Law in a Global World, this module will explore contemporary issues in the world of IP. The module will review IP Law from philosophical, political, social and economic perspectives and review the purpose of IP laws and their interaction and interfaces with other areas of law such environmental law, competition law and healthcare. The module will explore UK, EU, US and international IP law.

The course materials may undergo modifications to incorporate the latest developments in intellectual property issues. Some examples of the questions that the module will explore further are:

Is it fair to enforce patents on pharmaceuticals in developing nations, especially during a worldwide pandemic?

Does referencing or rephrasing in literature or art equate to copying, and is genuine creativity truly original?

Should intellectual property rights be included in the restitution of pilfered cultural artefacts from museums?

What is the significance of intellectual property in normative, commercial, and financial terms, and how is its value determined?